Mar 11, 2010

Busy, busy, busy . . .

Well, it has been a busy last few days. Nothing incredibly exciting, just busy. I did get my Etsy reopened and new stuff listed today and that was something I've meant to do for days.

Thank you for all of your encouraging words about journaling!
You all are so good to me and so kind. I haven't had a chance to work on it anymore but I'll keep giving it a try. Am thinking of actually taking another class soon.

The first group of pix I'll show you are from something new I've tried for a swap group I'm in. We had two different swaps for little tag books and 8 tags each for each of the two themes. We get to keep our books, send in our tags and get 8 tags back in each theme. Never made a book, never made a tag until this project, so it was great fun.

House Tag Book



House Tag Book (open to show a couple of pages)



House tags (the first one shows that the doors open to reveal a little surprise message or image - each one is different)







Bird with Hats Tag Book




Birds with Hats Tag Book (open to show a couple of pages)



Birds with Hats Tags




All tags and artwork here, copyright Marsha Jorgensen 3/2010. All rights reserved.
Image credits for tags: Holliewood Studios at Oscraps.com, Studio Jen U and Studio Lorie at Scrapbookgraphics.com, siefert2.etsy.com, lisasalteredart.etsy.com, Christine Honsinger at Scrapartist.com, Sande Krieger at Two Peas in a Bucket, keeperofthenest.etsy.com, LandofEnchantment.etsy.com, indigochyld.etsy.com, crowabout.etsy.com, Lauren Bavin at digitalscrapbookplace.com, and DigitalCollageSheets.etsy.com. All images were used with a commercial license when required.


Mail Call! Wow, how I've gotten good mail lately. The two skinnies are from another swap group I'm in. This first ATC and skinny is from Viola of Viola blog. Aren't they gorgeous? I have had them since I got home from my dad's but they have been sitting here on my desk to admire everyday. Finally got them scanned to share.



In the picture below . . . The skinny on the right is from the same group but this one was made by Marion of Bockel24. Again, just another gorgeous skinny to own. I particularly loved the words to this one and they continue on the back to say "but my mind holds the key I'm standing on a stage of fear and self doubt though the fear keeps me moving still my heart beats so slow" *sigh* Such lovely words and now a lovely image to savor from a lovely person.

The round inchies are from my first swap group (the one doing the tag books). These inchies are from (top to bottom) Mary aka PaperScraps (only have her flickr linked), Cathy Parmelee, Verna of Bird, Bee, and Bloom, Sharon of Livewire Jewelry, Michelle of Lost Coast Post , and my dear friend, Roc of What's Up Roc.



And there's more . . . This piece is from Karin of Karin Winter Arts blog. I had hosted a "Dreamers" swap that took place while I was gone and so this was waiting for me when I got home also. It is so textural and rich. I wish you could feel it with it's stitching and layers. I just adore it.



And lastly, also waiting for me were these. I will try and fight back tears to see to write this. You may remember reading about my friend Tina Wright who passed away from cancer in early January. Back in September, just before she found out about her cancer, she had asked if would do a swap with her. She would do the pendant making and soldering if I made a little collage for each of us. So I made two little collages and sent them off. I didn't know for sure that Tina ever had a chance to finish them, but she did. She had mine ready to mail and even had a thank you note written with another piece I wasn't expecting attached. Tina's daughter Nicole sent these onto me. I cannot tell you what it means to me to have not only our finished piece but her hand written notes and the extra piece she made just for me. I will treasure them always as I will the memory of her and her spectacular spirit.


Photobucket

22 comments:

sharon said...

Ohhh Marsha, sorry it has taken a while for me to get over here. I really appreciate your dropping by, you, my first inspiration, and the best teacher! I am psyched that I will snag one of those birdie and house tags!! The skinny is awesome...I love it!! What a treasure from Tina....you are blessed, as well as I am having a friend like you.

Sandy said...

OMG what for new and unique creations Marsha. So fantastic Tag books . Really facinating. Love them all.

Have a wonderful and sunny weekend.

Diane said...

What wonderful art you create, Marsha, and a very special gift from your friend.

yoborobo said...

oooooooooh, I am loving those tag books! So cute, and I love that they each have a little message. :) And you got lots of pretties! Have a great weekend, my friend! xoxo Pam

bockel24 said...

Love those tag books, especially the house shaped one - what a great idea!

Terri Kahrs said...

Awesome eye candy on your post today, Marsha! And Tina's gifts are so special in more than one way. TFS! Hugs, Terri xoxo

lilylovekin said...

What wonderful mail art you received and it was especially precious from Tina, something you will always treasure. Your journal work is great as is everything you do-keep it up!

WingingIt said...

i love your work...i love your work...i love your work...thank you for inspiring me....i have a group project that i am supposed to be working on and i have been way laid by my monsters,,,but looking at your work i cannot wait to dig back into my mixed media!!! i am writing from calistoga right now...on my new laptop...deeelightful!!!!!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Your tags and tag book are AWESOME Marsha! This is a great idea - I want to do it..... Ideas, ideas... It is wonderful to see everyone's creations for our skinny swap. It was obviously very important to Tina that she finish these - wonderful memories here.....

Tracey@glitterbugstudios said...

What to say marsha...I'm glad you are back and especially now that I am blogging (thanks to a ribbing from you and Melissa!) Your tags and wee books are great! I haven't been tempted to join these swaps. Maybe in the future. When I looked at the piece that Viola sent you I had to chuckle! Three things on her skinny were from that silly collage sheet I whipped up, LOL! I'm so glad so many artists are using it! Thanks for stopping by my fledgling blog...I am trying to post at least once a week. Softball & baseball are starting very soon & that eats up my precious "ME" time. And your post about Tina was so very sweet. I have the tribute print I purchased off your etsy hanging in my studio. Well, we are off to take the kids to eat...not sure if we are going to Red Robin or Rocknes...but it's all good if I don't have to cook. Maybe we could just drop in on roc?

Jill said...

Love it all, but oh oh oh how a really love the birdie tags.

Sanja said...

Fabulos tag books Marsha!Gorgeous creation!
Have a nice weekend
Sanja xox

vintagesusie said...

OK, have I told you how much I LOVE your new banner??? I know I have but ever time I see it I want to smile. Your books are awesome, I love everything about them...the little houses, the birdies,just perfect as everything you do is! Have a wonderful & hopefully relaxing weekend Marsha...
Joy,
Susie

sandee said...

I can't put it any other way...I just love your work! You are incredibly inspiring...

Tolegranny said...

When I need a lift, a smile or a artful boost I come to your blog. You are a great artist that inspires many. Keep it up...you just add so much to my day. You are my sunshine on a cloudy day.

muckypup said...

Well I for one would love to be in a swap for any of those treasures! I love the house tags, really really cool. Your work often reminds me of a paper stage I had when I was young, complete with little card characters on sticks, and I have just had a lovely little daydream, reminiscing about it - thank you!

Marit said...

Wow, those tag books are awesome! Also love the skinnies, AND the journal page in your formar post... And yes, it's always good to take a workshop or participate in a swap or something... it gets you out of the box and can be so inspiring!!!

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

Yo Marsha! The houses are fabulous!...especially considering your comment to me about them - good to see them come to life!!

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

marsha, when i first started looking at the art in this post i was mesmerized by your talent - i absolutely love the house book and the birds w/ hats book. i think the hat book is my personal favorite.
so i'm scrolling and reading and looking and thinking about what i'll say about your books and then i get to the bottom of your post where you write about our dear friend tina and the little swap y'all were doing.
then i knew what i'd say and i knew it would be long. lol

wasn't she just the best? such a dear friend and i miss her so much. i know you do, too.
just wanted to remind you that you weren't alone in your sorrow.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Marsha
I'm glad you have an 'anonymous' identity available. I see you have 'A Fanciful Twist' all ready as one of your links. I go there a lot just to 'lose' myself in fantasy and enjoy the friendship.
I love your sweet tag houses. I just went to a You-tube site and did my first 'pocket wallet' and want to do more of those little albums with the 'secret' pockets for tags and such. There are a lot of videos on You-tube. Gosh! I wish some of this would have been around when I was a kid...I would have gone nuts over the whimsical things people are creating these days. I see you are in many Stampington publications. I hope to submit some of my altered dolls to Art Doll Quarterly at some point. I love their magazines.
I will definitely be visiting you here often.
Cheers!
Teresa in California

NancyB said...

Oh gosh! I am in love with these sweet tag books! They are both wonderful and especially drawn to the little houses! Yummy post! xoxo

cindy said...

Oh Marsha! The birds with hats book is just the cutest dang thing! I LOOOVE it! Adorable. Ohhhh and Tee. *sigh* no words my friend, no words. miss her so. as I know you do too!

hugs,

-c
yapping